The good news? I was offered a true 1/1 Twins card in trade. The bad news: it was a Delmon Young card. The good news, though — we were able to strike up an amicable trade, and I made a new trade partner out of the deal. Special thanks to Topher for pointing The Trumpet Man in my direction.
The 1/1 is a 2009 Topps Platinum, my first true 1/1 besides a few printing plates. The Trumpet Man also did the favor of digging through his other cards, and he came up with about a dozen cards I needed, most being 1990’s cards I hadn’t caught up with yet. Here’s a sampling:
clockwise, from top left: 2009 Topps Platinum #656 Delmon Young [1/1]; 1996 Topps Laser Bright Spots #B10 Marty Cordova; 2004 Fleer Ultra Colby Miller #364; 1995 Upper Deck Electric Diamond #431 Dave Stevens; 1995 Upper Deck SP Championship Series #169 Chuck Knoblauch; 1990 Pacific Legends #17 Rod Carew
I’ve suggested The Trumpet Man reach out to others of the neighborhood of blogging collectors and to consider creating his own blog someday; if you do get an email from him, he has my glowing reference. Thanks again for the trade!
[EDIT: He did it!]
Additionally, here are a few more recent pickups from The Bay and from trades:
clockwise, from top left: 2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Special Endorsements #SE-FL Francisco Liriano (auto); 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Materials Bronze #129 Jacque Jones [136/200] (jersey&bat); 2005 Leaf Prospects Red #224 Jesse Crain [011/100] (auto); 2006 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Tandem Patches #UT-HK Jason Kubel w/Hermida [24/35] (dual jersey); 2003 Topps Finest #104 J.D. Durbin (auto)
Another season, another blind package from gcrl at Garvey Cey Russell Lopes. gcrl has been good with remembering to send a Twins pocket schedule, and here came this season’s along with a sweet triple jersey GU, a couple Gold Rush parallels, my first Topps Sticker from this year, a couple hits on older Twins cards, … and he got rid of a lot of slag. 😉
Here are a few representative cards that I needed:
2007 Upper Deck SPx Winning Materials Winning Trios #WT-15 Johan Santana w/Garcia,Zambrano [12/30] (triple jersey); 2005 Fleer Skybox Autographics Inscriptions #86 Harmon Killebrew [039/150]; 2012 Topps Gold Rush #95 Chris Parmelee; 1999 Topps Chrome #211 Mike Lincoln w/Dotel, Penny; 2013 Twins Schedule; 2013 Topps Sticker #83 Trevor Plouffe
Dude — Dodgers coming back at ya! Thanks again.
I’ve got a great second trade with Brad’s Blog proprietor Sergio* that’s in progress, and I have a policy of not posting cards received until I’ve sent my half of the return trade, which is temporarily pending. Meanwhile, I thought I’d show a few of my recent pickups on The Bay and elsewhere.
*no, it’s Brad, but how boring is that?!
Among other things, I got my first Justin Morneau and Luke Bard AU cards, and a couple #/25 GU cards:
clockwise, from top left: 2005 Fleer Classic Clippings Diamond Signings #DS-JM Justin Morneau (auto); 2007 Upper Deck SPx Winning Materials Patches Triple #WM-FL Francisco Liriano [06/25] (jersey); 2012 Bowman Sterling Prospects #BSAP-LBA Luke Bard (auto); 2007 Upper Deck SPx Rookie Signatures #117 Glen Perkins (auto); 2006 Upper Deck Inkredible #I-RC Jesse Crain (auto); 2007 Upper Deck Goudey Memorabilia #63 Johan Santana (jersey)
clockwise, from top left: 2004 Upper Deck Signature Stars #SS-LF Lew Ford (auto); 2005 Donruss Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Absolute Ink Triple Spectrum #AI-69 Lew Ford [02/25] (auto/bat/dual jersey); 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Xfractor #BCP253 Danny Lehmann [240/250] (auto); 2010 Topps Chrome Refractor #202 Drew Butera [028/499] (auto)
Lew Ford is now up to 25 unique AU cards, but Glen Perkins increased his lead to 30 unique AU cards — no other Twins player has double digits.
It’s the fifth year of the tradition of posting various graphics to be used in the WGOM Twins’ game logs this season, brought to you mostly by the magic of MS Paint.
This list is underconstruction; God knows there are enough new players that will need fleshing out these first few weeks. As always, past season graphics are still in play. First up are the strikeout thumbnails:
And various miscellaneous…